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Its Possible to get Disappear from your present life


Do you feel tired of your present life? Or do you ever get feelings of disappearing?

It’s possible. In Japan, there are companies that can help those looking to vanish into thin air. Every year, thousands of Japanese men and women vanish without a trace.



They are known as the “Jouhatsu”, or evaporated people, and they engineer their own disappearances. Without warning, they leave their loved ones behind who are left searching for answers.


Not just in japan people from the US to Germany to the UK, people decide to disappear from their own lives without a trace – leaving their homes, jobs, and families in the middle of the night to start a second life, often without ever looking back.

People can be continue to conceal their whereabouts – potentially for years or even decades.

People who are depressed and tired from their present life, most of the people who inescapable debt to a loveless marriage, the motivations that push Jouhatsu to “evaporate” can vary. Regardless of their reasons, they turn to companies that help them through the process. These operations are called “night moving” services, a nod to the secretive nature of becoming a Jouhatsu.


They help people who want to vanish discreetly remove themselves from their lives and can provide lodging for them in secret whereabouts.

What are the reasons for such operations?
Usually, the reason for moving is something positive, it’s more like a new beginning of life which can be totally different from the past life, for example – like entering university, getting a new job, or a marriage. But there’s also sad moving like dropping out of the university, losing a job, or escaping from a stalker.

Founder of the night-moving company Sho Hatori says in the 90s when Japan’s economic bubble burst. At first, he thought financial ruin would be the only thing driving people to flee their troubled lives but soon found there were “social reasons”, too.  He said – “what we did was support people to start a second life,”

A sociologist Hiroki Nakamori has been researching Jouhatsu for more than a decade. According to him the term ‘Jouhatsu” first started been used to describe people who decided to go missing back in the 60s.


In japan divorce rates were and still are very low, so many people decided it was easier to just up and leave their spouses instead of going through an elaborate, formal divorce proceedings.

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What privileges people can get who get disappeared?
It’s very easier to get vanish in japan, they provide total privacy with protection. Missing people can freely withdraw money from ATMs without being traced or flagged, and their family members can’t access security videos that might have captured their loved ones on the run.

And Police or administration will not intervene unless there’s another reason – like a crime or an accident. All the family can do is pay a lot for a private detective. Or just wait.


Why is it so heartbreaking for loved ones?
Obviously, that is very heartbreaking and painful for the loved ones who get left behind, the abandonment – and the when they failed in search for their Jouhatsu – can be unbearable.
A woman who’s remained anonymous, and whose 22-year-old son went missing and hasn’t contacted her since. “He failed after quitting his job twice. “He must have felt miserable with his failure.” She drove to where he was living, searched the premises, and then waited in her car for days to see if he showed up. He never did.

According to that woman the police haven’t been helpful, they told her they could only get involved if it was suspected suicide. But since there was no note, they won’t help.
 A failed marriage, or mounting debt, thousands of Japanese citizens have reportedly started leaving behind their formal identities and seeking refuge in the anonymous, off-the-grid world.


A French author-photographer pair Lena Mauger and Stephane Remael. The book features a collection of vignettes from people who have fled modern society in search of a more secretive-less shame-filled life.

Both authors spend five years traveling japan beginning in 2008, earning the trust locals to learn about the troubling trend. They also met the loved ones of those who disappeared: some were abandoned fathers, mothers, housewives, and ex-lovers.

And sadly there is no formal government data that exists on the trend, however by the pair’s research more than 100,000 people “disappear” annually.

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And none of these people physically vanish per se; the “evaporation” is more of an administration disappearance. Same to those in the witness protection program in the US, Jouhatsu opt to change their names, addresses, and the business ties, they can essentially wipe the slate clean.


According to the radio international reports, in japan this escape can be surprisingly easy, and Japanese privacy laws give the citizen a great deal of freedom in keeping their whereabouts hidden. Only in criminal cases, police can access personal and relative can’t look up financial records.


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